Late last month a series of ads featuring figures such as Morrissey and Jay-Z, began to appear in phonebooths across Manhattan. This was no ad campaign though, at least not a sanctioned one. It was the work of Katsu. With moves such as his recent MoCA Spray-by (after the jump), and this series of ads we got interested and caught up with Katsu to ask a few questions. We found out on top of everything else, that if you like one of these ads, you can buy it as a print. (each print is signed & numbered in an edition of 15 on archival paper. dimensions 49×25 the same size they were installed.)
He’s been in France so long that he refers to the speed of objects in kilometers. Anyway, this video is a nice insight into JonOne’s work.
Graffiti artist and painter John Andrew Perello, aka JonOne, grew up in New York and as a teenager was involved in the explosive graffiti scene of the 80s, spraying walls and ‘bombing’ trains. He moved to Paris in 1987, linking into the thriving arts and graffiti scene, and has remained there ever since. We caught up with him in Paris – the resulting documentary is a wonderful insight into a very charismatic person and the ever-changing struggle he encounters as an artist. Co-directed and produced with Oliver and Charlie Clark under our SoWhat collective.
We’ve been following the work of INSA for years now. The UK-based artist has gone stylishly from graff and galleries, to heels and museums. INSA opened a show at Fifty24SF in San Francisco last week, we caught a couple moments of his time.
“I hadn’t seen a lot of the paintings for so many years, and it’s exciting to see them in concert with the others. The idea of “Mental States” is that it’s not just the character in the paintings, it’s also going to be about the people who come to see the paintings and what it does to their mental state, to see all these different reflections of humanity, from all walks of life, happening at the same time on the wall.”
Brooklyn Vegan had the chance to interview Keith Morris of OFF (Bug Lamp, Circle Jerks, and Black Flag). American Hardcore Punk Royalty! I had a chance to meet Keith and talk with him in SF when he was singing for his band Bug Lamp, he is a really cool and down to earth. Read the full interview with OFF at Brooklyn Vegan, and make sure to check out the music.
Cleon Peterson is one hell of a talented artist. His new show Daybreak opens at New Image Art in Los Angeles this Saturday (11/20). We caught a couple moments of his time for some questions leading up to this display of massive, master works.
Every morning Bill Plympton wakes up at six, goes to his drawing board, gets a piece of bond and a No. 2 pencil and sits down to the business of animating the indelible, noirish figures that have garnered cult status as Plymptoons. What began in high school with drawings of bugs and plants for the Portland Yellow Pages has grown into an empire that encompasses political cartoons, animated shorts, features, advertisements, music videos (his first for Madonna; his latest for Kanye), and a forthcoming Rizzoli book (Independently Animated: Bill Plympton) with a Terry Gilliam forward. Along the way he’s filled his shelves full of awards, not to mention earned two Oscar nods. On the eve of the release of his latest feature, Idiots & Angels, we caught up with the industrious illustrator at his Chelsea studio to talk about the new feature, working with Kanye (vs. Weird Al), and what’s really going down on the animator groupie circuit.
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